Not normally my type of book, but I'm so glad I tried it. I was totally immersed in the world to the extent I'd be feeling cold just reading it.
It seemed like it was the start of an epic set of adventures, I hope so.
Andre Jute writes that this book was first published in 1988 and was re-edited, but there was no sign of it being over 20 years old. It seemed completely in the now. I like a good biological thriller and this was just that. The thought that something could so easily escape into the atmsphere and the only way to stop it is with high collateral damage is scary.
In the main, this story is very much a chase story. I did have a problem with it at one point where the pursuers had stopped to do some nasty deeds, yet caught up with the pursued even though he appeared to be travelling via faster means.
There were some twists and turns that caught me out and - as a reader - I found the ending to be satisfactorily unexpected.
Here's a short taster of life outside Pitkirtly. The characters don't get too far, though. Some are invited by the council to represent Pitkirtly at an archives event and some just sneak along for the ride.
There's no murder this time, just complications.
As usual, I enjoy anything with my favourite characters. Although, perhaps because it's a short, this story seemed a bit lacking in depth.
Mind you a less than stellar Pitkirtly is better than a lot of other stories.